July 2010 Archives

Win Custom-Made Earrings

By Charlotte on July 27, 2010 2:58 PM | Read More

Draw Your Own Earrings_Summer Magenta-350.jpgTired of searching for the perfect statement earrings to complete your outfit? Why not let your inner style maven take control and design them yourself?


Shapeways.com's Draw Your Own Earrings Sweepstakes challenges boomer babes to get creative and design a pair of earrings that truly expresses your personal style. Twenty-five winners will have their designs custom-made free in a variety of materials, first place in silver. 


To enter, draw your creation and e-mail it to Shapeways by July 31. (No purchase needed). You can download an official sketch sheet, read sweepstakes rules, learn about other prizes and check out earring designs that have already been submitted at Draw Your Own Earrings


Shapeways  new "Draw Your Own Earrings" service allows anyone to design their own earrings and have them custom made at an affordable price (about $7 to $50, depending on material).

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Daily Distraction

Why Britney Spears Lost Custody

By Bob on July 27, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

This may explain why Britney Spears lost custody of the kids.


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By Bob on July 26, 2010 6:35 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

BP Pay Me

By Bob on July 26, 2010 6:12 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I filed our damages claim with British Petroleum over a month ago. Boomers, it wasn't easy. BP makes you come up with YEARS of records just to recapture a dime of lost income.


You think the government is picky? Nah...send something to BP and I swear you'll hear Alice Cooper singing Welcome to my Nightmare while you wait on hold.


To file our claim we've dug through dusty boxes of even dustier tax returns. Rummaged through rental receipts. Burrowed for business licenses... We combed through so much old stuff that we probably crossed paths with that Indiana Jones-looking Egyptian guy from the History Channel.


Yeah, we dug THAT DEEP.


Check out this video for a first-hand look at the BP runaround.

Then read the conclusion after the jump.    


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Daily Distraction

I Say A Little Prayer for You

By Bob on July 20, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

I don't think Dionne Warwick had this kind of prayer in mind when she recorded the Burt Bacharach classic. Then again, maybe she did. You all remember how Whitney turned out don't you?

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By Bob on July 19, 2010 6:33 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

Estate of Mind

By Bob on July 19, 2010 6:04 AM | Read More

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I know a lot of you enjoy garage sales and estate sales.


Hell, some of you LIVE for this stuff (yeah David, I'm talking about you).


Me? Not so much. I subscribe to the Boomer Brief Theory of Garage & Estate Sales: CRAP IS CRAP.


It doesn't matter if it comes from a garage sale or an estate sale (tomato/tomato) I've never believed that one person's trash is another person's treasure.


Charlotte kind of feels the same way. I mean, she'd rather spend her time shopping at Banana Republic and White House/Black Market than say...OUR NEIGHBOR'S GARAGE.


So, that's why I was surprised when she spotted a sign for an ESTATE SALE in our old neighborhood and decided we should definitely go.


The avocado-green carpet hadn't seen this much traffic since Jimmy Carter was shelling peanuts on the Resolute desk.

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Dust Jacket

Beyond the Boys of Summer

By Bob on July 15, 2010 9:30 AM | Read More

Beyond the Boys of Summer: The Very Best of Roger Kahn may be the best book ever written for the Boomer sports fan.  

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In the Mirror


By Charlotte on July 14, 2010 8:18 AM | Read More

Dark under-eye circles run in my family. Or so it seems because my younger sister Pam and I have searched many a shelf for ways to lighten the racoon-like patches under our eyes. That's why I was excited to try Hylexin, "the first product specifically developed for serious dark circles."

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Daily Distraction

A Great Place to Chunk Your Junk

By Bob on July 13, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Running out of room in the ol' double-wide? Well, turn your worries over to Mr. Jones. He has ALL the answers to your storage needs.

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By Bob on July 12, 2010 6:29 AM | Read More

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Did You Hear About the Morgans?

By Bob on July 8, 2010 6:29 AM | Read More

If you're a fan of fish-out-of-water stories there's a chance Did You Hear About the Morgans? will lure you in with its charm. Heck, it's got sweet little Sarah Jessica Parker and heartthrob Hugh Grant in the leads.


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Guest Room

"Feelin' Hot?"

By Charlotte on July 7, 2010 8:30 AM | Read More

I'm on a quest. Tired of the hormonal hell that accompanies menopause and realizing I need to do something to avoid taking my frustrations out on Bob, I'm looking for ways to combat my symptoms. I started by asking Rebecca Hulem, author of Feelin' Hot: A Humorous, Informative and Truthful Look at Menopause, to give boomer babes some tips for managing our mid-life mire.

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Daily Distraction

Naughty But Knife

By Bob on July 6, 2010 6:06 AM | Read More

Down here in Texas, our child welfare laws are what you call "cutting edge". The video explains why...  

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By Bob on July 5, 2010 6:25 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

BP & Me

By Bob on July 5, 2010 6:12 AM | Read More


It's no secret that British Petroleum and the Deep Water Horizon have officially KILLED summer for the Gulf Coast. With that grim image in mind, I figured it was time for us to file our claim.


Like millions of other people and businesses, we've been impacted by this disaster. We've owned a Gulf Coast beach home since 2004. In good years the house rents pretty well. In years with storms (never call 'em hurricanes) the resort business isn't as good - but it doesn't kill it entirely.


This BLACK DEATH called an oil spill is nothing like the other disasters we've weathered.


We've seen "storms" named Ivan, Dennis, Ike, Rita and the dreaded KATRINA. In every one of those years, the house generated a little money and we've done our part to stimulate the local economy.


It was like somebody was standing on the beach with a bullhorn screaming, "Run for your lives. There are sharks with lasers in the water and they all have diarrhea and they want to eat your children after they crap on them."    

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Out of the Closet

Slix Briefs for Men

By Bob on July 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Read More

Underwear is not something I spend much time thinking about. I'm a middle-aged boxer guy. I like my cotton boxers. They're comfortable, durable and I wear 'em till they fall apart. It's a GUY THING.


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Here's the Dish


By Charlotte on July 1, 2010 10:26 AM | Read More

Consider cooking an art?  The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas agrees.  July 6-25, Meadows presents Foodjects: Design and the New Cuisine in Spain, a tabletop display of more than 100 imaginative Spanish cooking and dining implements.

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Up in the Air

By Bob on July 1, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

As anyone who travels for a living will tell you, Up in the Air doesn't just capture the world of the business traveler. It nails it. Or, as Dan Jenkins might say, "It's dead solid perfect."


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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